Villa Ruspoli

£6000 per week

A beautiful private villa nestled in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains on 28 hectares of tended olive groves and beautiful lush gardens

Dating from the 1960’s, this private villa located in the Ourika Valley in the foothills of Morocco’s Atlas Mountains simply oozes charm and character. A private residence set within beautiful grounds with stunning views and with a sense of history, Sir Winston Churchill spent many happy hours in its olive groves painting the villages in the nearby hills.

Villa Ruspoli is a charming family home built to be enjoyed in all seasons. Offering spacious child-friendly accommodation, elegant interiors, splendid gardens and an inviting turquoise swimming pool as well as its own hammam and fitness room.

Tasteful décor combining classic style with local character, the villa has an impressive open-plan lounge and dining room with fireplace. Adjoining is a well-stocked library offering an interesting selection of books, a cosy and tranquil haven to retreat to.

We think the highlight of this unique Moroccan villa with its spectacular views are its extensive gardens bursting with swaying palms, flowers and jacaranda trees, its organic vegetable garden and home produce ranging from olive oil, honey and a homemade of preserves (all available for purchase), used as ingredients in the cook Fouziya’s fabulous meals.

With its enchanting atmosphere and friendly full-time staff, this villa is perfect for a unique holiday in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. For outdoor lovers, including hikers and walkers, the fascinating Berber villages of the Ourika Valley and towering Atlas Mountains are nearby. Quad bikes and camel expeditions with local guides are also available in the nearby village, whilst the colourful souks and sights of vibrant Marrakech as well as several world class golf courses are only a 35 minute drive away.

Features

  • 6 bedrooms (sleeps 12 guests), all with en-suite bathroom
  • Main house: 4 bedrooms including a spacious master suite with dressing room and private terrace. Connected to a small double room (suitable for 1-2 young children). 2 additional en-suite bedrooms, 1 with a four-poster bed and 1 with twin beds
  • Maisonettes: 2 self-contained independent suites, accessed from the stunning planted courtyard, each with their own bathroom.
    One with a children’s dining roomand the other with its own roof terrace
  • Large gardens with courtyard, pavilion and unheated pool (25m x 12m), sun loungers, traditional hammam and relaxation room
  • WiFi, satellite TV, IPod dock and DVD player. There are 2 safes at the villa
  • Fitness room, table tennis and croquet. Walks and treks can also be arranged
  • The villa is equipped for Bridge tournaments for up to 8 players
  • Villa Ruspoli is not air-conditioned. Central heating is included in the cooler months
  • Price includes the local team who offer a discreet, personal service.  Meals, drinks are at extra cost
  • Fouziya, the cook prepares delicious meals on request (Moroccan/French/Italian), and can cater for children and guests with special dietary requirements. Staff do the shopping and guests can either reimburse the cost of the food every few days or at the end of the holiday out of a pre-arranged float accurately accounted for. Alcohol can be ordered from a merchant in town either before or after arrival (list available). Please note there are no credit card facilities, therefore all extras must be paid in cash before departure or deducted from the pre-agreed float
  • Complimentary 24hr laundry service is provided free of charge
  • Airport transfers can be arranged at extra cost although car hire is recommended to explore the surrounding scenery

We love!

    • The rural location, surrounded by olive groves and small farm holdings
    • Located on the outskirts of the small Berber village of Tnine Ourika, with its fascinating and lively Monday market and renowned aromatic herb garden
    • Taking camel rides and quad bike treks from just outside the villa to explore the beautiful surroundings – great fun for all the family!
    • Enjoying tasty meals, prepared from the produce of the villa’s organic vegetable garden, including olive oil, honey, vegetables and home-made preserves
    • There are many local activities, including walking/trekking with local guides and exploring the dramatic Atlas Mountains
    • For keen golfers, it’s only a short drive to some of the fabulous championship golf courses outside Marrakech. Intrepid skiers (December to March), may also be tempted to visit the charming resort of Oukaimeden (2700m) in the Atlas Mountains (1 hr 15 mins from the villa)
    • An ideal retreat for a special celebration, which will certainly impress family and friends
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